Crash victim still in hospital


A Delaware woman injured in a June 20 traffic crash which claimed the lives of her two sons and the driver was still in a hospital surgery and intensive care unit Thursday afternoon.

OSU Wexner Medical Center staff confirmed Thursday that Kristen DeLong, 35, of Delaware, was in the surgical and intensive care unit but would not provide any further information about her condition.

DeLong is the sole survivor of the crash that killed Darthel Jones, 25, Seth DeLong, 14, and his younger brother, Trent Curran, 12, all of Delaware. State troopers said the crash occurred after Jones failed to negotiate a turn on State Route 203 near Norton Road in Radnor Township the morning of June 20 and his vehicle struck a tree.

Jones and Curran were pronounced dead at the scene when troopers arrived around 1:30 a.m. but Seth DeLong was not found until hours later — after troopers learned he had been with his mother when the crash occurred. Seth DeLong’s body was found in a flooded soybean field.

State troopers said Jones was driving at an unsafe speed when his car went off the right side of the road and struck a tree. Troopers said there was an odor of alcohol on Jones and several empty alcohol containers were found in the car.